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Marzipan is an almond-flavored confection that you can color and mold into a wide variety of shapes. When decorating cakes or other desserts, you can use marzipan to create a decorative ribbon. Folding the ribbon into a series or cluster of curves will add volume and texture to the decoration and have a more dramatic effect than simply draping a flat ribbon of marzipan over the dessert. If you are starting with colorless marzipan, work a few drops of food coloring throughout the marzipan before shaping the ribbon.
Dust your work surface with confectioner's sugar and use a rolling pin to roll out a piece of marzipan into a sheet 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch thick.
Cut the marzipan sheet into strips of the desired length and width using a sharp knife.
Fold each strip into a teardrop shape, pinching the ends together to form the point. Pinch the points of several teardrops together to form a cluster of folds that looks like a ribbon.
Lay a flat strip of marzipan over the surface you are decorating, then place the cluster of folds on top of it.
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